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Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko: Elective Affinities

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Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko have recently launched an ECM super-group with which in July they toured all over Europe, performing in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Romania, as well as in their native countries, Italy and Poland. All About Jazz seized the opportunity to ask the two European trumpet masters to set aside some time during their hectic tour and interview each-other, in the spirit of the “Musician 2 Musician" column. What follows is the transcription of their ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kamasi Washington: Harmony of Difference

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Being lauded as the “saviour of jazz" would weigh heavy on the shoulders of any young artist, even one so confident as to release a 170 minute treble CD as their 2015 debut. Yet Kamasi Washington pulled it off with the appropriately titled The Epic, with its ambitious, eclectic subject matter and surface similarities to spiritual jazz greats like Pharoah Sanders. Those that stuck with it were rewarded with an album that seemed to inhabit its own niche or world, ...

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Dusan Jevtovic / Vasil Hadzimanov / Asaf Sirkis: No Answer

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Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic debuted on Moonjune Records with a mix of hard rock and thrash metal. His Am I Walking Wrong? (2014) featured the conventional bass and drums rhythm section and demonstrated the guitarist's broad range. With No Answer the formation is far less traditional as fellow Serbian and pianist/keyboardist Vasil Hadzimanov and Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis skirt around the bass-less trio with taut performances that again defy genre identification.In his sophomore outing as a leader, Jevtovic ...

JAZZ BASTARD

October 2017: Grover Washington Jr, Bud Powell and Ferit Odman

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Welcome to our monthly look at what's happening on the Jazz Bastard podcast! Since December 2012, Mike and I have gotten together every fortnight to discuss jazz albums in an irreverent, irascible, and engaged manner. Some shows focus on a theme or an individual artist, while others just discuss what's been on the boys' playlists recently. We cover recordings from the whole history of the music as well as new releases. Instrumental, vocal, the occasional cross-over or fusion record--they're all ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

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The music of India is ancient, centuries old. The saxophone is new, with a history of less than a hundred years. Ditto for the “electric" guitar. First generation Indian-American alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa marries the old and new in his music, on his most compelling recording to date, Agrima, featuring his Indo-Pak Coalition, featuring “electric" guitarist Rez Abbasi and tabla-ist/drummer Dan Weiss. Mahanthappa--who now chairs the jazz department at Princeton University--rode to a higher profile via pianist Vijay ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Sting at Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall in Skopje, Macedonia

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Sting Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall Skopje, Macedonia October 15, 2017 The “Boris Trajkovski" sports hall in Skopje witnessed a show as great as any in his illustrious career from the legendary musician and songwriter. Nevertheless, the attentive, full-capacity crowd who turned out witnessed something special. The gig in Skopje was next to last in Sting's world tour which began back in February. There was a tension building in the air with a ...

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Heath Watts: Bright Yellow with Bass

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The musicians underscore the tone of this program by citing a quote from renowned artist Wassily Kandinsky: “The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with bass notes or dark lake with treble." But of course, the interpretations are decided by the listening audience, especially since most of these works are steeped in the free-jazz realm. Heath Watts (soprano sax) and Blue Armstrong (bass) yield a ...

INTERVIEW

Wouter Turkenburg: Jazz Education in the New Millennium

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All About Jazz and Wouter Turkenburg would like to dedicate this interview to the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker (1949-2007). In addition to his prodigious accomplishments as an instrumentalist and band leader, Brecker was an exceptional worldwide teacher and mentor, both by example and instruction in countless workshops and classes. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music and left a jazz legacy that will forever provide a role model and inspiration for students and aspiring musicians. ...

PROFILES

Mark Turner: Grounded in a Spiritual World

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This article first appeared in issue no 8 of Music & Literature Magazine. I remember being at Berklee and listening to Mark in the practice room. A lot of people used to gather outside his practice room at various times and just listen to him. He would be in there ten hours a day, usually. And then I heard him in a cafeteria concert--I think he was with Paul LaDuca and Jorge Rossy--and he was playing a lot ...


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